Learning Outcomes - 2021-2022

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Communication Studies

Communication Studies, Bachelor of Arts


Learning Outcomes:


Purpose Statement
 
Central to the discipline of Communication Studies is the assumption that communication constructs the social world and is relational, collaborative, strategic, symbolic, and adaptive.  In order to understand, explore, and refine this assumption, Communication Studies focuses on the examination and integration of communication theory, research, critical thinking, ethics, and communication skills.  The Communication Studies degree produces reflective citizens who are able to contribute thoughtfully and constructively to the worlds of which they are a part.  Students learn about, examine, and investigate communication in diverse contexts (relational, cultural, professional, and public) using discipline-appropriate quantitative, qualitative, and critical methods.  Students develop and refine skills in effective oral and written communication, and learn to create messages appropriate to their audience, purpose, and communicative context.  As communication generalists, graduates are prepared to enter a variety of professions and/or post-graduate education.  

Student Learning Outcomes

These outcomes align closely with the 2015 National Communication Association’s (NCA) Learning Outcomes in Communication.


1.   Students will be able to describe the Communication discipline and its central questions. Through completion of this degree, students will be able to:2.   Students will learn to employ Communication theories, perspectives, principles, and concepts. Through completion of this degree, students will be able to:3.  Students will engage in Communication inquiry. Through completion of this degree, students will be able to:4.    Students will be able to create messages appropriate to the audience, purpose, and context. Through completion of this degree, students will be able to:5.   Students will be able to critically analyze messages. Through completion of this degree, students will be able to:6.    Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to accomplish communicative goals (self-efficacy). Through completion of this degree, students will be able to:7.   Students will be able to apply ethical Communication principles and practices. Through completion of this degree, students will be able to:8.   Students will be able to utilize Communication embrace difference. Through completion of this degree, students will be able to:9.  Students will learn to engage public discourse. Through completion of this degree, students will be able to:

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